Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
October 2021
  • News
  • Event Highlights
  • Biz Tools: Pedestrian Counters
  • Biz Tools: Traffic Report
  • Welcomes and Goodbyes
  • Ambassador Stories
  • Clean & Safe Stats
  • Meetings, Trainings & Forums
Pedestrian Counters are Back!

DDI's pedestrian counters are back online with new locations. These devices – which track motion but not faces – were installed to assist businesses in determining appropriate hours and staffing levels. For additional information, like hourly counts or trends, BID constituents may request a custom report. Contact Rebekah Mixon to request a report.
Location 1: 21c Hotel – W. Main & Corcoran
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Location 2: Chesterfield Building – W. Main & Duke
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Location 3: Foster on the Park Apartments – W. Corporation & Foster
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Location 4: Marriott City Center – E. Chapel Hill & Foster/Corcoran
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Durham County Library Business Services Needs Your Input

Durham County Library's Business Services Unit supports entrepreneurs and owners from start to finish, partnering with city, county and private agencies to assist local business endeavors.

The Business Services Unit is currently conducting a survey to ensure that they're meeting your business needs with relevant resources and quality assistance. Business owners, startups, entrepreneurs and other interested parties are encouraged to participate.

Contact Leander Croker, Business Services Manager, with any questions about the survey or the library's business resources.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month Downtown

In 2019, the city and the North Carolina Museum of Art installed public art by Latinx artists with NC connections that celebrate Mexican Modernism and honor the Durham community's Hispanic heritage. Both works are on the E. Chapel Hill St. side of the Marriott Hotel and Durham Convention Center, and both feature an interactive augmented reality experience. Pictured: I Am My Own Muse by Cecilia Lueza.

Help Shape Durham's Capital Improvement Plan

The City of Durham wants your input on incorporating racial equity in its Capital Improvement Plan. Share what's most important to you in their short survey, and enter to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Celebrate NCCU's Ultimate Homecoming, October 31-November 6

Many downtown restaurants and retailers will be celebrating NCCU's Ultimate Homecoming from October 31-November 6, with special drinks and other offerings. Look for NCCU signage in downtown shop and restaurant windows, and show your support for the Eagles!

Take Our October One-Minute Survey
and Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card!

October's survey asks a few questions about your experience with Third Friday Durham.

Please take just a moment to complete the survey. We promise it will take no more than a minute of your time. Plus, you'll be entered to win a $50 SpendaBull card!

Last month we asked for your must-see and must-do downtown experiences. Here are your top five:
  1. Attending a Durham Bulls game
  2. Seeing a show at DPAC
  3. Touring the murals
  4. Durham Central Park and the Durham Farmer's Market
  5. (tie) The Parlour and the Durham Hotel rooftop

Congratulations to J. Evarts for winning last month's $50 SpendaBull card!

Reminder: Don't Forget to Order Copies of the New Downtown Merchant Map

We are excited to share our new map and directory of downtown Durham merchants! It features a complete map and merchant listing on one side, with a directory of merchants by category on the other. We'll update this printed map quarterly. See a preview, a printer-friendly version and a web map at downtowndurham.com/map.

To request a bundle or refill, or if you have any other questions, contact Patrick Holt.

DDI's COVID-19 Resources and Information

DDI's COVID-19 Resources page hosts a wealth of relevant information and resources, including weekly case counts and averages, links to updates from official local, state and national sources, connections to business assistance programs and more.

To check out the great things happening downtown, visit the
The Event Calendar is the place for downtown venues, retailers, restaurants and residents
Suite Four gathers 100+ Black-owned establishments in this display of craft beer and culinary excellence. The event will feature curated activations and traditional festival-style booths.
This new exhibit at the Museum of Durham History will explore the annual fall matchup on the gridiron between North Carolina Central University and North Carolina A&T, one of the biggest rivalries in HBCU sports. Stop by for live music, tailgating refreshments and special guest speakers.
The Glass Jug is celebrating the grand opening of their new taproom in downtown Durham! The festivities – food, drink, vendors and music – will take place in Durham Central Park and all along Foster St.
The Fruit welcomes you back from the apocalypse and into the New Age with a new show! Dance, live art, music, fire arts and a heaping dose of Burlesque.
Check out this exhibit opening by Boston-based minimalist photographer at Through This Lens gallery, on view through November 13.
The Durham Armory hosts this one-of-a-kind event spotlighting local artists and venues, and featuring affordable works on paper, publications and other unique artistic expressions.
We’re spreading the love and moving The Streetery to locations throughout downtown on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month with added outdoor seating and live performers. Join us to shop, carry out, dine in or dine out.

• Oct. 9 canceled due to rain
Start your Third Friday off right! GoDurham and DDI present 2021's final edition of The Mix with music from DJ Piddipat and food trucks at Durham Station on October 15.
Visit galleries and other art venues downtown and beyond on October 15 and every third Friday of the month! Find a complete list of Third Friday events, and submit your own, at thirdfridaydurham.org.
Healthcare/Medical - Dental
481 Willard St.
Contact: Karla-Marie Santiago

(Formerly Fifi's)
Retail - Apparel
1000 W. Main St., Ste. 1-B
Contact: Lauren Elmore
Contractors; Hardware/Lighting
Durham location closed

Restaurant - Mediterranean
American Tobacco Campus location closed
The Traffic Report lists events and happenings that may affect foot traffic and/or parking. It includes road closures and major events happening downtown.

Subscribe to the calendar or view the report online for the most up-to-date information.

The Ambassador Team Prepares for Fall
Erik Nystrom, Clean and Safe Operations Manager
Autumn officially started a couple of weeks ago, and something amazing happened: a taste of normalcy. With Duke’s graduation, home football games for both Duke and NCCU, several weddings and beautiful weather all happening over the same couple of days, we saw the busiest weekend and highest levels of activity downtown since before the pandemic. The Ambassador Team maintained more trash cans and handled more streetscape trash volume in three days than they normally do in one week!

It truly was an encouraging and inspiring sight to see everyone out and about enjoying everything our downtown has to offer. If we all continue to do our part to help stop the spread of the virus, we will see more and more weekends like this – and that will be a good thing for all of us.

Shifting gears, I want to recognize two ambassadors from my team for their longevity, dedication and consistent, outstanding service. Darius Dennis and Nate Hopson are two superstar ambassadors who have served nine continuous years in this role, and I’ve been lucky enough to be here for seven of them. These two leaders are the backbone, heart and soul of our Ambassador Team and program. They have the wisdom, experience and know-how required to get the job done.

They both play important roles, and they aren’t afraid to step in and at times and say, “Erik, you may want to think about doing this differently,” or, “I have an idea that may work better for this.” It’s because of Darius and Nate that the ambassador program is as strong as it is. I admire their dedication, trust their judgment and respect their loyalty to the team, program and me. Please join me in thanking and congratulating these two men for nine outstanding years as DDI Ambassador leaders.
Darius Dennis
Nate Hopson
Downtown Durham's dedicated Ambassador Team provides much needed clean and safe services. From sweeping and cleaning the streets, to providing directions for visitors, to jumpstarting car batteries, our ambassadors are here to help. Have questions? Just stop one and ask. Need to submit a service request? Call 919-682-BULL (2855) or submit a request online.

Clean and Safe Service
Brickwork Laying (Square Feet)
Trash Bags Collected
Graffiti Removed - Paint
Graffiti Removed - Stickers
Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, Etc.)
Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
August 2021
Oct. 18; Nov. 1
Oct. 21; Nov. 4
Regular Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: Two Thursdays prior to Council meetings
at 1 p.m.

Meetings may be held virtually.
Oct.11, 25; Nov. 8
Nov. 1
Regular Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: 1st Monday at 9 a.m.

Meetings may be held virtually.
Downtown Durham, Inc.
115 Market St. • #213
Durham, NC 27701
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